Ever since Lotus announced plans to introduce an SUV, it has become abundantly clear that they are coming to terms with the myth of light sports cars. This became even more apparent when the Geely-owned brand revealed that the new model would be purely electric. So it could probably be much heavier than the 1680-pound Evia.
When Eletre was finally unveiled earlier this week, Lotus refrained from talking about its weight. We know that the black body parts are made of carbon fiber while the rest are made of lightweight aluminum. Other weight-loss measures include the use of a wool blend material for the seat upholstery to use 50 percent less fat than conventional leather.
A new report from Piston Heads says Lotus engineers are aiming for a 2,000kg self-weight. This may not sound impressive, especially for a Lotus, but it would make it significantly easier for rivals in the segment. The Tesla Model X Plaid, for example, weighs 2,455 kg, while the Audi E-Tron S is even heavier at 2,655 kg.
The significant weight difference also explains that the “only” 600-horsepower Eletre can accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in less than three seconds. Speaking of horsepower, a more powerful version of up to 900 horsepower is planned, according to a separate report from Top Gear magazine.
The Eletre will be manufactured in a new plant set up by Geely in Wuhan, China, and will arrive in Europe in 2023, after which sales are expected to begin in the U.S. market.